Rapper Drake withdrew two Grammy nominations for 2022. Drake was one of five nominees for Best Rap Album, for Certified Boy Lover, and for the best rap interpretation, for his song ‘Way 2 Sexy ‘ (with Future and Young Thug).
According to a report in Variety, the decision was made by Drake and his administration and the Grammys honored the request, although the reason behind the decision is not yet known. Instead of giving the sixth-place nominee more votes, as the Academy did when it suddenly decided to expand the top four categories from eight to 10 last month, voting on these two rap categories will proceed with just four candidates, probably because the voting period has already begun. Grammy ballots were posted for members who voted Monday morning.
However, Drake’s nomination choices were unusual. While it is uncertain whether he chose not to submit the blockbuster Certified Boy Lover or any song from it for the major categories, Album, Song or Disc of the Year, his absence from any of these categories seems to indicate that he did not. He clearly chose to submit and was nominated for the two rap categories he has retired from. Some have speculated that his decision may have something to do with his name in lawsuits over the tragedy at the Astroworld festival in Houston last month, where 10 people lost their lives when the crowd erupted during the set of headliner Travis Scott , in which there was a guest appearance by Drake. .
A year ago, he called for them to be replaced with “something new we can create over time and pass on to future generations” after failing to identify fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd in any of the 2021 categories. despite having one of the top albums and singles of 2020.
In 2017, he refused to submit his album More Life for any Grammy Awards 2018, even though he qualified; resentment around that year’s show intensified as Jay-Z did not win any awards despite being nominated for eight. Drake also overshadowed the Grammys during his acceptance speech in 2019, when “God’s plan “ won the best rap song. The awards show that its producers cut off the microphone after claiming that the awards had no value.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony will take place at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022.
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